Has Apple been holding back on the customer base? I think so. Why? Because Apple is behind the curve across the board with competitors nipping at the company’s digital heels with more up to date software and hardware.
Here’s why I’m OK with that. Apple is a frog, and unlike the company’s hyena-like competitors (they steal), frogs leap whenever the hell they feel like it and for however far they want to jump. Or, they just sit there and wait until the time is right to jump. Apple is a frog. It’s time to leap.
Can You See Me Now?
Apple leaped forward with Touch ID, the built-in fingerprint sensor for iPhone and later for iPad. Unless your don’t have an iPhone, don’t have any fingertips, or, are just really, really paranoid, Touch ID is a wonderful security system. For most of us, sans sweaty palms and stick fingers, Touch ID just works. Touch the Home button (which isn’t even a button anymore) and it unlocks your iPhone or iPad and even helps you buy via Apple Pay.
What’s not to like? Some smartphones have facial recognition and voice recognition which can help to secure an Android smartphone and some PCs, and word on the proverbial streets of Cupertino say Apple will have those built in to iPhone 8. Or, iPhone X. Or, whatever iPhone is due something cool when Apple the frog decides to leap forward and show the rest of the world exactly how this personal security thing is supposed to work.
What makes this so interesting? Most of us inveterate and certified Apple watchers think the next big jump will also include a micr-bezel case which will fit more screen pixels into a smaller phone (making the front mostly screen, sans bezels and chin, and with a reduced forehead) and jumping forward with face and voice recognition built in, too. Just for grins.
Here’s what I think is coming. Soon.
First, the aforementioned big screen in a smaller space (made smaller by eliminating the left and right bezels, minimizing the chin area where the Home button and Touch ID reside, and minimizing the forehead where the front facing camera resides.
Second, is that even physically possible? Is Apple planning to change the laws of physics? Yes. And no. Think of the Home row of buttons on the iPhone’s screen now but where a Touch ID system would go behind the screen, instead of separate from the screen. Apple has a patent for exactly that. And do the same for the camera above. The iPhone’s front would be, well, screen. Everything top and bottom on an iPhone now would be integrated into the screen.
What about face and voice recognition? I see a situation developing in the next model or two whereby iPhone users will have more security choices. Touch ID only. Or, Touch ID with face and or voice recognition and or iris scanner. Or, an ultra secure option which would include the above with the standard alphanumerical touch password (you know; to avoid the feds and courts who say your finger print does not belong to you).
That’s not so far fetched, is it?